The following article contains activities which may be used with The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The book was originally published in 1964 but is still popular today.
An apple tree is very happy when a boy eats its apples, swings on its branches, and climbs its trunk. It is sad and lonely when the boy doesn’t pay any attention to it. Giving makes the tree very happy.
About the Author:
Shel Silverstein was born in 1932. Both children and adults enjoy his books. Mr. Silverstein has used his creativity in many areas and has worked as a poet, cartoonist, composer, lyricist, and singer. Another, less known, piece of work by Mr. Silverstein is “A Boy Named Sue”. This song was recorded by the famous country singer Johnny Cash.
1. Draw two trees with branches. On the branches of one tree write down all the things that the tree can give. On the branches of the other tree, write down all the things that others can do for the tree.
2. In the book the tree gives the boy apples. As a collateral activity, you could study apples or Johnny appleseed.